Stop-And-Go Traffic Tops Council Agenda

Study maps out transportation goals for town

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Where will Payson motorists have to stop for traffic lights in the next few years? What roads will be improved? Where will new roads be built?


The answers can be found in the Payson Area Transportation Study that will be presented to the Payson Town Council Thursday night.


"If this item is adopted, it becomes an element of our general plan," Town Manager Rich Underkofler said. "It outlines the capital improvement plans for streets, road improvements --it has a 20-year schedule in there, but the only thing that really means anything is the first five years. Those are the (projects) we think we can get money for."


Such projects include the installation of traffic signals at the entrance to the Wal-Mart Supercenter, at the Payson Village Shopping Center on Highway 260, and on the Beeline at Tyler Parkway.


The Town Council also will consider the adoption of an amended sales-tax code.


"This is something we do every year," the town manager said, "to be consistent with what's going on statewide."

Safer streets

Another item on the council's agenda was proposed to make the walk to school a little safer for Rim Country Middle School students.


"Between the Beeline Highway and Meadow Street on Bonita, we've got a project to put in sidewalks, curb and gutter and drainage improvements," Underkofler said. "This was a deal that was made between the town and the school district, even before I got here, to try to get some sidewalks there for the students who are presently walking in the roadway."


In other business, the council will consider adopting procedures for citizen participation in the town's zoning review and permit process; a new code pertaining to wireless communication towers; rezoning of property on south Beeline Highway for the extension of West Main Street; and an ordinance dealing with alcoholic beverages at local parks.


The Town Council will hold its regular public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in its chambers at Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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